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In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump "the salt line".

How far will they go for their freedom - once they decide what freedom really means?

In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line - a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a pop star and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta, a seemingly simple housewife.

Once out of the zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks - and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift among the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line.

©2017 Holly Goddard Jones (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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great summer listen

I really liked this book, a believable world (if you don't think about it too hard), and lots of deep character development. Jones take on a Jurassic Park style tourism-trip-where-everything-goes-wrong felt fresh and futuristic. The ending I think, was, not my favorite... but it seemed like a good wrap-up on a wild adventure across the Salt Line.

Voice actor was pretty good, my one complaint is that all the men sounded very raspy and similar, or sort-of gave off an evil-villain vibe, and even some of the women I had a hard time distinguishing. These were sort of minor annoyances though and I didn't really notice it anymore about quarter of the way through the book.

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Great Story! Definitely recommend.

I really enjoyed this listen. Very interesting story with great characters that kept me invested throughout.

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Character-driven dystopia (with killer ticks)

Thank goodness I didn’t see the comparison to Station Eleven (which I hated) or I wouldn’t have read the book. Literary writers tackling genre (sci-fi, cli-fi, dystopia, etc.) seem to do it really well or really badly. This was quite good.

World building was good, charter development was excellent, perfect rise and fall (so many books are just one action scene after another, which gets boring).

The only caveat: you can’t be too squeamish about ticks. I had a little difficulty listening to the more graphic parts. If I had been reading, I would have skipped those descriptive parts.

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And OK Reed, but nothing special.

The story sounded great in the preview, but it was pretty lackluster. I’m not sorry I read it, but I was glad when it was over.

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Okay book

Maybe I missed something but I thought there would have been something more that tied the characters together. Some of the plot & character decisions seemed too hap hazard.

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intersting storyline

Would you listen to The Salt Line again? Why?

probably not. the characters while fine, weren't robust enough for me to have an affinity with, and i need to be able to feel the character, or empathise with them to re-read / re-listen.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

i thought the ending was expected.

Any additional comments?

i thought the character of andy was quite weak and ill thought out. he just wasn't realistic enough in his emotions and actions.

i felt that violet and her relationships weren't cemented enough. we hear all about her history, but it wasn't enough, it was a veneer.

the narrator did a good job though, and i quite enjoyed her voices.

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lame, non adventurous melodrama bla bla bla

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A little back story for important characters is good but come on lady! i'm like "oh not again!" I kept waiting for the story to move forward and get to the killer ticks! nope. This is not a story about killer ticks. its about how people feel about themselves while they become mildly uncomfortable on vacation. boooooooo!

What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

"phone it in"

Any additional comments?

the writing was OK. The story telling was good, I just didn't like the story it told. i don't like soap operas much.

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